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On the travel ban 2.0’s rejection by a federal judge in Hawaii.
The Justice Dept. is appealing the rejection by a Maryland judge to get it before a different appeals court in Virginia. The whole thing will likely go to the Supreme Court.
Also. an interview with Jenn Fang of reappropriate.co, on Kuchibhotla and whether the South Asian’s killing is a Vincent Chin moment for all Asian Americans.
It’s Emil Amok’s Takeout.
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Donald Trump continues to set a new low in America.
After hurling a damning allegation with zero evidence against Barack Obama– that the former president wiretapped Trump Towers—Trump now says he wants a Congressional investigation.
This is serious stuff. Evidence on no evidence.
But it may backfire.
A call for an investigation may actually expose Trump to far worse.
Rep. Ted Lieu of California released this statement on Sunday: “I fully support the White House’s request for Congressional investigations into President Trump’s explosive claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped. If the claim is true, such a wiretap would mean that an independent FISA Court Judge—appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts—reviewed evidence and found probable cause there were agents of a foreign power at Trump Tower.”
And that of course, would circle back to the reason Trump was trying to distract us all in the first place, that the Trump campaign had contact with the Russian government during the campaign.
Lieu continued: “The American people need to know if Donald Trump or his associates colluded with the Russian government during the election last year. A special prosecutor is clearly needed to immediately review what was learned from any possible wiretaps and any other potential evidence of collusion between Team Trump, Vladimir Putin and his agents. If the wiretapping claim is true, then Congress also needs to investigate if President Trump violated laws related to the leaking of classified information when he disclosed the existence of a secret wiretap via his Twitter account.”
“President Trump’s wiretapping claim points to a serious counterintelligence investigation of him and/or his associates. The multiple lies by Trump and his associates denying contacts with the Russians; the making of a false statement by Attorney General Sessions under oath to Congress about his Russian contacts; and now the explosive revelation of a potential wiretap at Trump Tower suggests that we could be looking at a situation far worse than Watergate.”
Only Trump knows what was behind his Obama wiretap allegations.
Was it a talkshow host’s claim that Trump simply believed and repeated, though again without evidence?
Was it based on a FISA court decision?
None of it is good for Trump, nor our democracy.
Listen to my podcast below, “Emil Amok’s Takeout.” The latest on a DACA recipients reaction after witnessing Trump’s speech before Congress in person!
Not since my perm days as a local TV guy in San Francisco, right?
But Vincent Rodriguez III, born in San Francisco and raised in the Filipino enclave of Daly City, California, wouldn’t have his chance on network TV without Rachel Bloom.
Bloom is seen her taking stage as her name is called for the Critics Choice Award for best actress in a comedy series, CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
But I’d name her best executive producer for insertion of a Filipino American story line in a network series.
Read my Column about the show and Vincet Rodriquez III and you’ll see why I have this obsession about this show (at least this season).
Then go to my Q and A with Vincent (edited transcript) on NBCNews.com:
And you get to see the great performance of Amy Hill, who plays the Filipino mom. One of the original cast members from Margaret Cho’s “All American Girl,” Hill has endured the scene with her comic genius intact.
To watch “Crazy Ex-Girl Friend” for free (at least until Monday): You can start from the beginning, but my favorite is the Thanksgiving show.
If you’re still snowbound, there’s one good reason to move from east to west—to Daly City, California, West Covina North.
Fifty years ago on Sept. 8, the Filipino farm workers in Delano, Calif., began the historic Grape Strike that brought the civil rights movement to the fields.
Workers had been used to working for less than a dollar an hour, but now demanded a fair wage–$1.40 an hour. Or else.
A unanimous strike vote was taken on Sept. 7 in Delano’s Filipino Community Hall. On the next day, the workers were set. Two-thousand or so men and women of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AFL-CIO) walked off the job.
Click here to read more about their leader.